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Weakness - Part 1

Moments of Hope / David Chadwick
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July 6, 2021 6:58 am

Weakness - Part 1

Moments of Hope / David Chadwick

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July 6, 2021 6:58 am

It’s been said that when you give God your weakness, He gives you His strength. With this in mind, we look at the feeding of the 5000. Part 1.

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You don't come apart come apart if you're burning the candle at both ends. You're not as bright as you think you want also to have a faith that he really believes his promises that are outlined specifically in his word and moments of hope click bank said that when you give God your weakness.

He'll give you his strength. In fact, the apostle Paul tells us in second Corinthians 12 for when I am weak, then I am strong with this in mind today.

David continues our predation series with a message simply called weakness. Today is the final message of the provision series John chapter versus 113. It is the feeding of the 5000 men probably the feeding of about 20,000 people. It is the only miracle story of Jesus that is shared in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. All four authors giving us different perspectives about after this, Jesus went away to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, which is the sea of Tiberius and a large crowd was following him because they saw the signs that he was doing on the sick Jesus went up on the mountain and there he sat down with his disciples. Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews was at hand lifting up his eyes then and seeing that a large crowd was coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, where are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat.

He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he would do.

Philip answered him in 200 and there I worth of bread would not be enough for each of them to get a little one of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother said to him there's a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they for so many. Jesus said, have the people sit down now.

There was much grass in that place so the men sat down about 5000 in number. Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated, so also the fish, as much as they wanted. And when they had eaten their fill. He told his disciples gather up the leftover fragments that nothing may be lost, so they gathered up them and filled 12 baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves left by those who had eaten so in trying to explain this text will be divided into four parts. If you will for acts to the play.

Here's the first one. The setting in verses one and two its absolute fatigue after this verse one after what after having administered to thousands upon thousands of people teaching them healing them exorcising demons after this. When Jesus was really, really tired.

He went away to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, which is the sea of Tiberius and a large crowd was following him because they saw the signs that he was doing on the sick. So Jesus is fatigue. He goes across the lake of Galilee.

In order to find a special spot on a mountain where he could just get some rest with his disciples, he sought a place of solitude. He knew he needed rest. We should to.

That reminds me of the story of the woman who had this dog come into her house every day. At the same time. It was a well fed dog will care for she knew that an owner but the dog would simply sit down and sleep for a couple hours then get up and leave the house.

This happened four weeks after weeks, until finally she said I'm going to put a letter on the collar and she did the letter simply said to whom it may concern. Your dog comes over to my house every day, sleeps for two hours then leaves. What gives the next day. Sure enough the dog came in there was a note attached to the collar and it says to whom it may concern. We have 10 kids.

My dogs exhausted and needs the sleep dogs need rest. Humans need rest. Even Jesus perfect God, perfect human needed rest. The truth is folks, if you don't come apart you'll come apart if you're burning the candle at both ends. You're not as bright as you think you are God gave us one day a week to rest to get away from work in the simply allow our minds, bodies, souls and spirits to be renewed.

Jesus knew this. He got away. He went to a solitude place so he could rest.

We all needed. But here's what happened when he got to his place of rest 5000 men started moving toward him. Did you catch that 5000 men, which means they were probably women and children, which bloats the number two, about 20,000 probably that would be like a doctor who has spent months caring for his patients. Person after person giving himself or herself to them and then finally vacation time times he puts his family in the car they drive to a particular restful place, only to find there about 200 of his patients waiting there for this weapon to Jesus and he looked out over the multitudes, and folks. Interestingly, he chose compassion over fatigue.

He chose compassion over fatigue. He chose to care for the multitudes. Even though he was really tired, so the setting is total fatigue.

In verses one into.

Let's look at the situation. It's dire in verses three and seven, Jesus went up on the mountain and there he sat down with his disciples. Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews was at hand and the reason that's important is because the Passover happens in the springtime. That means this event happened in the springtime that will be important later on we see Jesus having the crowds sit down in the grass lifting up his eyes then and seeing that a large crowd was coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, where are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat.

He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he would do. Philip answered him 200 and there I worth the bread would not be enough for each of them even to get a little sick so it's the springtime. The 20,000 people come to Jesus. He chooses compassion over fatigue. So how does he choose to address the fact that after several hours, probably of teaching and ministry, the people are getting hungry and they all need to eat, he turns to Philip, one of his disciples and he asked the question, where are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat. Why did Jesus choose Philip.

Philip was from a nearby town called Bethsaida Sosa. Probably Jesus is asking Philip because he probably knew where the closest local grocery store was. He might have some ideas on how these numbers could be fed, but interestingly Jesus then says he said this to test him, for he himself knew what he would do. Jesus knew he was going to do. He knew he was going to miraculously feed the 5000 men, but he asked this question to Philip to test him testing. Why do professors give test to pupils so that they will learn the information right, what information does Jesus want us to learn more than anything else in the world I would suggest you today. It's our faith to believe that he will provide for us exceedingly abundantly beyond anything we can imagine, according to his riches in Christ Jesus. Jesus wants us to believe they have faith no matter what may be facing us, especially death that we believe there's like eternal through Jesus, the forgiveness of our sins, the resurrection of his body gives us resurrected bodies.

Luke 18. Eight Jesus said when I come back again all by the way, did you know he's coming back again.

He claimed it and he would not lie or was he will come back and he will judge all sin and make this world awake God intended it to be. But he said in Luke 1880, when the Son of Man comes back again will he find as a binder will find on earth. Faith will he find faith on earth, will he find faith on earth. So God regularly in the Old Testament with the Jewish people in the New Testament with his followers tests faith why he wants us to get it that we need to be like little children who trust him with his promises.

He wants us to believe.

Above all other things now Philip I think was a little spiritually dense. I don't think Philip was the sharpest faith knife in the drawer how I know that you look at John XIV chapter. Here's was going on.

Jesus is teaching his disciples in the upper room just hours before is going to die. The disciples been walking with him for over three years and he says this. Let not your hearts be true believe in God believe also in me. In my father's house there are many dwelling places and I preparing one for you and I'm going there to do it, so that where I am there. You may also be and if it weren't so, I wouldn't tell you this.

I can't lie to you I got a place in heaven reserved for you to Jesus makes that promise and then he says I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the father except by me. Not a life, a truth, a way the way, the truth, the life there's exclusivity in the claim. I did make it folks Jesus that he is the only way to the father and after he makes this statement in verse eight Philip said to him, Lord shows the father and it is enough for us. Jesus said to him, have I been with you so long you still do not know me, Philip, whoever has seen me has seen the father.

How can you say show us the father do not believe that I am in the father and the father is in me. So Philip asked the question here after three and half years of walking with him.

How do we know that you and the father are one. And Jesus went Philip. He walked with me all these years he seen all the miracles you've heard my teaching and you still don't get behind the father one so I think you're in John six Jesus knew Philip was spiritually so he tested his faith to help them grow just like he does with you and me. He wants us to have a faith that really believes his promises that are outlined specifically in his word. First Peter chapter 1 verse seven is a fascinating verse look at this with me so that the tested genuineness of your faith more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire. A be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus when he comes back he wants us to praise him in glory and honor, so therefore he tests our faith and wants to be precious like gold will gold is put in the fire to burn off the dross so any faithful follower of Jesus have our faith put in the drawstring.

The fire scheme to burn off the dross so that our faith is make sure like gold.

Let me tell you, very difficult prayer to pray, but it's necessary for all of us to pray for series about a relationship with Jesus Lord, test my faith test my faith like you did. Philip like you did.

Others so that it can be proven to be like gold. Please Lord, so that's what he's doing here and Philip though was looking at the size of the problem, not the size of his God, and that's what Jesus wanted to get you see in verse seven Philip answered him 200 and there I were the bread would not be enough for each of them to get a little late. This is fascinating. So what Philip does.

He probably thinks about the treasury pouch that Judas carried any thought, you know what I know how much is in there.

It's about 200 and there I went in there I was with the day's labor sets about eight months worth of wages.

We got there, but there are 20,000 people 200 and there I Turner I devised this much bread are all these people out there and then that's when he concludes if we buy bread and you will get enough to cease doing. He's walking by site not by faith he try to figure it out, calculate, like all of us do whatever were facing a problem to figure this out. Jesus just wanted him to trust not to try to figure it out so that was moved to the next act of the play.

The supplies their limited as you look at the problem versus 891 of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother said to him, there is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they for so many, so Andrew stepped to the plate. Philip fails the test. Andrew steps up and he brings a boy who is in the crowd a list pause for a second and talk about this boy who is he will the text doesn't tell us, but I can't help but wonder if he is one of those little children who came to Jesus and sat on his knee, whom Jesus said all of us need to have a faith like this child.

You can ever wonder if something dramatic encounter with Jesus, so that when he left that morning and his mother packed him five barley loaves and two fish barley is the food of the poor. It's highly nutritious, but it's awfully crumbly and when you eat it. It tastes like paste but was all the poor could afford.

So this boy is probably from a poor family.

His mom fixed in five barley loaves and two pickled sardines so she's giving a basically a couple of fish sandwiches for lunch, but he probably left going, but I know this man. I gotta have more encounters with him. He moved amidst the 20,000 to the front of the line so when Andrew is trying to figure out how to feed this number and didn't think Philip's answer was very good. He goes among the people to check what resources they have in the cupboard and he finds this boy with five barley loaves and two pickled fish and he says to Jesus, here's all we got. And there's a part of us to goes okay good for Andrew stepped forward, a man of great faith. But then he says, but what are they for so many statement of doubt, a statement of unbelief. How can five loaves and two fish feed all of these numbers of people which leads to the last act of the play. The surplus which becomes unlimited in verses 10 through 13.

Look at these verses Jesus said, have the people sit down now. There was much grass in that place because it was springtime when his grass, most luscious, most green soft is most comfortable when folks springtime so keep that in mind, so the men sat down about 5000. Jesus then took the loaves, and when he given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated, so also the fish, as much as they wanted. And when they had eaten their fill. He told his disciples gather up the leftover fragments that nothing may be lost, so they gathered them up and filled 12 baskets with fragments from the barley loaves left by those who had eaten at notes several steps Jesus took here so that the abundance of the loaves and fish were able to feed the 20,000 people. First of all the people sat down on the grass Kennett spring is when the grass is soft this most comfortable and I just think it's wonderful, don't you, that Jesus is very concerned with the comfort of our bottoms. I thought that would get a little bit better chuckle than it got me in that wonderful that Jesus cares about every single one of our needs. Even the comforts of our rear ends. So he gave comfortable green grass in order to do this miracle now. Secondly again, this is the only miracle of Jesus that is in all four Gospels Matthew Mark Luke and John. I find that fascinating because if you want to know the complete story about what happened. You need to get each eyewitness account and put them together but we do that with an action for example police officer tries to get four witnesses. For example, to give their opinion on what happened and they put together the story from different perspectives of the four witnesses with you. Look at particularly Matthew and Mark's gospel, you will see the next step after Jesus had them sit down on the comfortable brought grass is he divided them into the 50s and 100s he put them into organized groups. In order for them to be fed not know why is this important is because you need to know that God is a God of order he likes things done decently and in order. Jesus sat people down infinities and 100s been distributed to them and listening to moments of how childlike Dana joins me in a studio in an insightful conversation about this morning's David is really right. I am Tony Marciano, Pres. and CEO of Charlotte rescue mission ask you a question will you do when you stand at the intersection of homelessness and addiction to thin the person's shoes for just the second one is it that you really need.

You probably been one of the individuals who stood at the end of the interstate ramp holding a sign just said hungry will work for food which never use the money for food but booze and drugs with it most likely you hate your life, your addiction has stolen every aspect of hope going to be part of the fabric of society, but every morning, your addiction screams and you surrender to it. There is one thing you do need and that is transformation the place to go to Charlotte rescue mission Charlotte rescue mission works from the inside out to address the root cause of someone at the crossroads of addiction and homelessness. The rescue Mission provides free Christian residential high-quality substance abuse recovery programs to members of our community who otherwise would not be able to afford such services with a passion for holistic transformation and a love for Christ commissions 120 program has transformed the lives of thousands of men and women in our community. Charlotte rescue mission is grateful for the financial partnership or moments of listening to moments of hope. I'm James Easton and Whitney as our pastor David childlike David, thanks for joining us today. Thank you Janet.

I hope you're doing well. I am doing well.

I think you and this morning Z devotion you gave us a really good perspectives on the value of the Christ centered marriage. We share some of those thoughts with our listeners so I will because people need to realize that in original intent before the fall ever occurred in Genesis 3, God gives his design for marriage in Genesis 224 the last couple of verses before the fall occurs in Genesis 31 and here's what God says a man shall leave his mother and father and cleave unto his wife and the two shall become one flesh. No be naked and unashamed.

Well, it's very clear that God's original intent for marriage was one man one woman in a committed covenantal eternal relationship with one another, heterosexual, monogamous, committed, covenantal, and when that operates the way it's supposed to operate.

There will be no nakedness or no shame in that marriage. Jesus in Matthew 19 in a debate with the religious leaders about divorce actually quotes that verse and says divorce was never a part of God's original intent, now for listeners out there who've been through a divorce. God is gracious and can restore you. I don't want to heap guilt on you, but divorce was never a part of God's original intent. He wanted a man and a woman to be committed to marriage forever doubt this is the message I want to get people to date. My dad was married to my mom for 63 years. Mom lived the last years of her life in a state of dementia. Dad cared for her every day until the day she died.

Even in those last several years. When she didn't know it was dad in the room when her mind was vacuous. Dad would still be there for her loved her until the day that she died because he made a committed covenantal relationship with her wealth during those years. Dad was a pastor and he was counseling a man who was a philanderer who was cheating on his wife sleeping with all kinds of women and my dad confronted him with the truths of Genesis 224 and the man looked at my dad's are you trying to tell me that you've only slept with one woman all of your life and my dad said Yep that's what I'm trying to tell you that's God's original intent and the man responded wow what a hell of a lot you've missed in my dad chuckled and said sir what a heaven of a lot you've missed and I just want to tell everyone out there don't despise God's ordinances his design.

They're good for you there. The best for you and when you have a marriage where a man and woman are committed to one another who learn how to forgive one another. Of all of their mistakes will operate in grace and can live in a state of not being ashamed in any way whatsoever you're going to raise children in an environment where grace is in place that will allow them to breathe the pure, clean, healthy air of God's grace every day, and they most likely will turn out well. So don't fall prey to the cultures lies the believe you can sleep with anybody and everybody in the be no effect upon your life. That's a hellish existence doing God's way. What a heaven of a lot. You'll experience when you realize the beauty of that monogamous heterosexual committed covenantal relationship that God intended for all marriages today and forever. Wow this is so beautiful it just brings tears to my eyes. Just thinking of the DAT of this kind of life that God allows us to experience is a foretaste of what heaven is going to be like because there's no marriage in heaven. I have a feeling though that what we know with our spouses is going to be what we know with the Lord and every other person in heaven. How glorious that will be amazing thank you so much David for your thoughts. Today you're welcome Janet for everyone who would like to receive these daily written E blast as we call them go to moments of hope, Church.org, you can subscribe there free of charge in your inbox every morning at 7 AM from my heart to yours to help you give yourself a moment of hope in moments of help with blank senior pastor at the moments of hope church we would love to have you join us for where sent day, Sunday morning we meet at prodding state school located at 5800 Sardis Rd. in France, Ireland, 10 AM. You can find more information on our website.

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